Graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine does not automatically entitle one to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine. To become licensed to practice, graduates must meet requirements established by individual state boards. Licensure requirements vary among states but all licensing jurisdictions in North America require a passing score on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). The NAVLE is offered throughout North America and at certain overseas sites at computer testing centers operated by Prometric. The NAVLE is available during a four week testing window in November/December, and a two week window in April. Those eligible to apply for the NAVLE include:
Additional information regarding the NAVLE can be found at the website www.nbvme.org.
Typically, applicants for state board licensure sit for boards specific to the state in which they wish to practice and transfer NAVLE scores to the state.
For further information concerning licensure, please contact the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, or the individual licensing board in the state in which you wish to practice.